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Healthy UCD Strategy 2022-2026

H‌ealthy UCD Strategy, 2022-2026

“Healthy Ireland” is a national framework (2013-2025) for action set out by the Department of Health to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Ireland. The vision is one where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility. 

Part of the Healthy Ireland vision is to work in partnership with Higher Education Institutes in developing a Health Promoting campus model of health promotion. At UCD, we understand that we impact the health and wellbeing of not only the staff, faculty and students who spend a significant amount of time in our care, but also their families and the wider community in which the university is located. As the largest university in Ireland, we have the ability and indeed a duty to influence decision makers, act as catalysts for change and to encourage dialogue on health promotion. As a research-intensive university we contribute to the creation of knowledge on public health and health promotion in a globalized world.

Since the publication of the initial UCD Health Promotion Strategy and establishment of the Healthy UCD initiative in 2016, the Healthy Ireland framework implementation has progressed substantially, and particularly relevant to Healthy UCD was the introduction of the Healthy Campus Framework and Charter for third-level institutions. The Framework is based on principles of participation, partnership, evidence-based and sustainability.

With this in mind, a new Healthy UCD Strategy has been developed for the period 2022-2026, aiming to build on the successes of the original UCD Health Promotion strategy and further strengthen the role of health promotion within the University. Our vision in this newly launched strategy is to establish UCD as a model for a healthy campus, advancing the health and wellbeing of all members of the UCD community through a coordinated approach.

> A brief overview of the strategy can be seen in the image above, and to read the full strategy click here:

Healthy UCD Strategy 2022-2026

> To read the Healthy Campus Framework and Charter, click here:

Healthy Campus Charter and Framework

UCD's Rising to the Future Strategy 2020-2024

UCD's Rising to the Future Strategy will rise to global challenges through four strategic themes: Creating a Sustainable Global Society, Transforming through Digital Technology, Building a Healthy World and Empowering Humanity. UCD will be working under the Building a Healthy World theme to make health and wellbeing programmes available to everyone in the UCD community, builiding on Healthy UCD's initiative. These efforts will educate the UCD community about the fundamentals of healthy living and benefits of having a healthy lifestyle.

To read the full strategy click here:

>    UCD 2020-2024 Rising to the Future Strategy (PDF)

Healthy UCD

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